This is a bag a friend showed me how to do ages ago, I have no idea where she got the idea.
Her bags where really cool!
Anyway, I felt compelled to try and make one this evening.
I think it looks bigger in the pics than it really is, but its a good size, it tucks under my arm nicely and should hold a fair bit of stuff.
If I try it again, I think I'll make it with an inside pocket also.
Thanks for looking!
It started life as 3 large circles, outside, padding and liner. If my fabric had been big enough I would have done it a metre in diameter, but its about 85 cm across.
I sewed these together, starting from the middle heading to the outside, six lines, I think 8 might have been good too.
I sewed around the edge gathering folds of fabric as I went.
I didn't gather it enough the first time around so went around again till it started to pull in at the top.
With the top sewn
The band is approx 86 cm long.
I ironed one side down a seam allowance width.
Sewed it together to make a band and sewed it around the inside first.
I adjusted the fit as I sewed, adding a couple more small folds.
This is what it looks like with band sewn to the inside.
Folded the band over and sewed the ironed edge around the outside.
This would probably look a lot better hand sewn or even pinned into place.
But by now you have the bag made and just need to add handles.
The handles are approx 78cm long. Make them twice as wide as you want them. Iron them folded in half.
Fold the edges into the middle and iron.
Top stitch along both edges
I attached them by folding and stitching onto the band, but now I think about it I could have sewn them into the band....(maybe)
and voila! new bag!
Its a quick bag to make.